Do-it-all Thompson shines for Ginebra in Game 2 of PBA Finals

first_imgPBA IMAGESLUCENA—Joe Devance may have sent Game 2 into overtime but Barangay Ginebra’s win had Scottie Thompson’s fingerprints all over it.Thompson posted jaw-dropping numbers Sunday night with 18 points, career-high 18 rebounds and eight assists as the Gin Kings evened the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite NBA: Spurs pounce early to post big win over Lakers Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READcenter_img View comments China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Ginebra seeks to sustain that run in Game 3 on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I just didn’t stop. I was thinking that I hope they tire out looking for me when rebounding,” Thompson said in Filipino after Ginebra outlasted San Miguel, 124-118, in OT.“Coach Tim said that whoever wants this more will be the one to get the win. And I really wanted to win this to tie the series.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThompson and the Gin Kings had to muster whatever strength they had left after blowing a 26-point lead and nearly dropping the game had it not been for Deviance’s last-second followup off his own miss at the end of regulation.“It was really a tough game. We got up early, but San Miguel knows how to fight back. It was really a credit to the coaching staff, to coach Tim, because they really looked at how San Miguel played defense on us. They gave everyone of us confidence, so the least we wanted to do was to repay that faith they had on us.”last_img read more

Delos Santos on crucial loss to UST: It wasn’t for us

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University head coach Shaq Delos Santos didn’t take long in explaining his team’s disappointing loss to University of Santo Tomas Saturday in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.Both the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws were in dire need of wins if they wamted to go the semifinals and UST took that all-important win in four sets, 17-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-21, and improved to 7-4.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES EJ Laure, though, had other plans and scored her 20th point and stopped the Lady Tamaraws’ advance.Delos Santos said the Lady Tamaraws he saw on the floor didn’t come out like they wanted to win such a crucial game heading into the Final Four.“I know if they want to play well but that wasn’t the team we saw and expected today,” said Delos Santos. “Now we have to win our remaining three games if we ever want to get to the Final Four.”ADVERTISEMENT Final 4-bound La Salle still wary of upcoming foes, says Dy Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home “We were just off today, everything we expected to happen in the game never happened,” said Delos Santos as his team slipped to 5-6 and stayed at sixth seed with the elimination round winding down.READ: UST bolsters Final 4 bid, blasts FEUFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I guess the win wasn’t for us.”FEU had a chance to extend the match to a fifth set after scoring six straight points to cut a 24-15 deficit to 24-21. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more

Raymundo, Fernandez forge fruitful partnership

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThey may have started as rivals in the collegiate league, but coach Boyet Fernandez and guard Pamboy Raymundo seemed to have found the right formula to reap trophies in the amateur leagues.In their return to the developmental league, the two led Cignal-San Beda to the championship this 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup in the duo’s return in the developmental league.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 5 players get second chance in PBA after stellar D-League stints Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “The feeling is different because we don’t have a Calvin Abueva, we don’t have a Garvo Lanete, and we don’t have a Kevin Alas. We have no stars in this team and we’re all equals here,” he said.“We felt how hard it is to win the title and that’s what makes this championship more special.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But if you think there’s a method to their madness, Raymundo can’t quite explain why their partnership has been bearing fruits whenever they wage into war.“Maybe it’s because I treat him like a father. We already know each other that well that whatever play he wants to run, I think I can translate that on the floor,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRaymundo averaged 10.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.2 rebounds this past conference as he served as the elder statesman in the Hawkeyes’ camp, ready to relay Fernandez’ orders to the other four on the floor.Though the two has been used to winning in the PBA D-League, Raymundo shared that this conquest with Cignal is truly a unique one because of the challenge of leading an untested crew to unchartered territories. View commentslast_img read more

10th grader from Bukidnon sets new Palaro javelin throw record

first_imgMOST READ View comments Sylvian Faith Abunda. Photo by June NavarroSAN JOSE, ANTIQUE—Another javelin throw record fell on the second day of athletics competition in the 60th Palarong Pambansa at the Binirayan Sports Complex here.Sylvian Faith Abunda of Bukidnon flung the spear to 42.85 meters for the gold that shattered the old mark of her teammate Efrelyn Democer (42.34m) accomplished last year in Legaspi City, Albay.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos King Johnzeus Alabastro of Calabarzon struck gold in elementary boys javelin throw and Marvin Ramos of Central Luzon topped the primary boys long jump during the week-long sportsfest organized by the Department of Education and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.James Lozanes of Estancia, Iloilo smashed the secondary boys javelin record on Monday after a 59.46m throw to erase the mark of Bryan Pacheco from Central Luzon (57.81m) in the 2013 Games held in Dumaguete City.Over at the Patnongon municipal covered court, Janella Dihnezze Rendon of Bicol grabbed two golds in arnisafter winning the Anyo individual single and double weapon events for elementary girls.Other winners in the single weapon were John Clark Segutier of Western Visayas and Cordillera’s Eza Rai Yalong in the secondary level and grade schooler Jeko Jan Heynes from Socsargen.NCR’s Hannah Lalaine Perez (secondary girls) and Lucia Gabriel Gutierrez (elementary girls) topped their all-around events in artistic gymnastics.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR The 10th grader from Lantapan National High School achieved the feat on her fourth attempt in secondary girls javelin at the sun-baked Evelio B. Javier Jr. track and field oval. Ann Katherine Quitoy of Negros took the silver with 40.64m and Democer placed third (40.43m).“I trained with Efrelyn before the Palaro. She’s the record-holder and I learned a lot from her,’’ said the 16-year-old Abunda in Filipino, the oldest of three siblings and daughter of an engineer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAbunda, who dreams of becoming a policewoman someday, wound up fourth in the shot put, the event where she finished silver last year. She will aim for a second gold in the discus Wednesday.Western Visayas flexed its might on the track with long jumper Elvy Villagoniza and high jump specialist Mary Rose Billones dominating their events in the high school level while National Capital Region plucked a pair of golds through Kassandra Alcantara (secondary girls shot put) and Bryan Oxales in secondary boys’ 2000m walk, which was categorized as a demonstration event. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Oraeme refutes Co’s claims: I didn’t tell him I won’t be coming backlast_img read more

Ahanmisi goes back-to-back in Obstacle Challenge

first_imgMOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Maverick Ahanmisi wins the Obstacle Challenge for the 2nd straight year. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.jetLUCENA — Maverick Ahanmisi retained his Obstacle Challenge crown Friday in the 2017 PBA All-Star Week at Quezon Convention Center here.The Rain or Shine sophomore easily bested his foes with a flawless final run, setting the standard with 25.8 seconds. No one else was able to close.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Mangosong tapped as favorite in Diamond Supercrosscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte “It was tough. I was lucky in the final round that I was able to go hard and not make any mistake,” he said. “I had great players behind me to chase my score but I’m just lucky to come out with the win.”San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot placed second with 26.7 seconds, followed by NLEX’s Emman Monfort at third with 27.1 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRJ Jazul, Simon Enciso, and Sol Mercado all advanced to the final round but were unable to dislodge the titlist from his throne.Mon Abundo, Ed Daquioag, Stanley Pringle, LA Revilla, Kris Rosales, and Roi Sumang also were in the field but got the boot in the first round. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going homelast_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | School first, country second?

first_imgThat Calabar High School has created for itself an overwhelmingly significant mark in the annals of Jamaica’s track and field is not up for debate. There can be no credible argument to topple or even downsize that opinion. Such a status was attained on the heels of outstanding, world-level achievements by the institution’s products, Sir Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley, both departed, as well as a former sprint world record holder, Dennis Johnson. Recently, the school, backed by a conglomerate of avid supporters, including some nation leaders, acquired a synthetic running track. With it came infrastructure which saw them, at the time of commissioning, the only high school so blessed. This should go a far way to their maintaining a dynasty of Boys’ Champs successes, which is already threatening to mirror that of their arch rivals, Kingston College in the period 1962-1975. It should be noted, too, that sensing this, the North Street school is well on the way to establishing its own. Foster’s Fairplay, which, for a long time, has agonised over the substandard surfaces on which our young athletes have been compelled to train, is celebrating these developments. Driving this good feeling is the thought that not only will the schoolboys benefit, but their elite-level coaches will seize the opportunity of establishing at the enhanced venue senior programmes built around athletes capable of performing with distinction, similar to the three giants mentioned earlier – a major plus for Jamaica. However, there is that proverbial fly in the ointment. Ominous sounds are coming from the Calabar principal that are interpreted as being a locking down of the new track. The words used, in the view of this columnist, establish both intent and guilt. When the question of this action being taken in the middle of the season was raised, the head honcho, Albert Corcho, disagreed. In his view, it was “the end of the season”, which would make the ruling, according to his judgment, a natural one. It is useful to mention that from the same quarter, there was talk of damage being done to the track by the use of oversized spikes. Foster’s Fairplay is not sure how that can be attributed to either party – the school’s track team or the Akan Club – both coached by the highly celebrated Michael Clarke. As such, that argument as to the reason for the boss’s seemingly unrelenting positions should be discounted. Another point, worthy of consideration is that Clarke has chosen silence as his response. To read disgust into that cannot be too far off the mark, and he could be seeking other options to prepare both sets of his athletes. Corcho spoke of plans to reopen the track after repairs, at the same time suggesting that athletes from the school, having finished their duty to Calabar at the so-called “end of the season”, as well as the club team, could go elsewhere to prepare themselves for their international exploits. Therein rests a problem in the opinion of this columnist. In these times of falling standards and the “I” being placed on a higher pedestal than the “we”, school administrators need to exercise due caution. They should not be sending a message that representing your country is of a lower-level status. What are you saying to your students other than, “school first, country second” when you give them all the support for school engagements but abandon them in this “don’t care” manner when they try to take their skills to the national level? Corcho has, undoubtedly, been a contributor to the high-profile Calabar is having in the schoolboy track and field marketplace, so one should view his stance as a transient moment of irrational thinking. He should now do a rethink, and, along with other responsible in-house voices, of which Calabar is not lacking, arrive at a decision that is more supportive of the nation’s cause. The joy and glory of an Olympic or World Championships gold medal by a former “Here, Sir” student, should not escape him. He needs to set the necessary guidelines, but not deny those who attempt to progress to the higher level, the use of the new facility. Send feedback to lauriefoster2012@gmail.com EXERCISE DUE CAUTIONlast_img read more

Gaters surrender lead again

first_imgFor Clarendon Gaters, it seems to be a story of same thing, different day, in terms of how their results are playing out in this season’s Berger Elite League competition.In losses to Kingston Hummingbirds and St James Sharpes, the Gaters started the match well, leading against the Hummingbirds for much of the early portion, and against the Sharpes, Clarendon Gaters led for a much longer period, even into the fourth quarter.Against St Ann Orchids on Tuesday night, it was the same story, with the Gaters leading 11-9 after the first quarter and 36-33 to end the third quarter of Netball Jamaica’s competition before falling 48-43 in the end.”It’s something we have to work towards as a team, because each time we’re leading and we get into the final quarter, we tend to lose the game because we’re over-thinking,” said Shedieky Hamilton-Barnes, the team’s goal shooter.”I think we’re thinking too much and not focusing on what needs to be done by converting the shots. In the last three minutes we started to miss the shots that really mattered and it cost us the game. We just have to learn from this,” she added.Barnes, Clarendon Gaters’ goal shooter, sank 21 goals from 32 attempts, while Amanda Pinkney, 14 from 21, and Danielle Masters, eight from 15, scored the other goals.LACK OF TRAININGAssessing her team’s capabilities, Hamilton-Barnes noted that lack of training might be affecting the Gaters, as well as her own form.The Gaters only have three points from four matches, while St Ann Orchids moved to seven from four.Attacking player Adean Thomas said slowing down the game contributed to the Orchids’ excellent fourth-quarter play, which yielded 15 points to their opponents’ seven.”We were going too fast so we were losing the ball in attack. So when we went back out in the fourth quarter we decided to slow it down, take it one step at a time, and we remained disciplined,” noted Thomas, who earned the MVP award.St Ann Orchids’ scorers were Thristina Harwood, with 33 goals from 41 attempts; Simone Gordon, 12 from 13; and Tricia Brown, three from four.In Tuesday’s other game, Kingston Hummingbirds beat St James Sharpes 51-36 to move to nine points from four matches. They led 15-7, 25-17 and 38-26 after the first three quarters. Sabrina Spence was their main scorer, with 26 goals from 34 tries, while Hasana Williams, 19 from 24, and Shanice Beckford, who shot six of seven in the first quarter, netted the other goals.St James Sharpes, with one win and three points from four matches, got goals from Kestina Sturridge, with 22 from 37, Conique Moore, nine from 13 and Shanice Howe five from eight.Meanwhile, the competition continues today with a double-header, unbeaten St Ann Orchids (nine points) vs St Catherine Racers, the reverse fixture of a 39-39 clash, at 7:45 p.m., and Clarendon Gaters vs Manchester Spurs at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

“Soca Therapy” for Ann’s Grove on March 25

first_imgOn Saturday, March 25, partyholics in Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara, can expect one of the wildest soca parties to be held in that village, as the Mash vibes continue. Called “Soca Therapy”, the party will see performances by the Super Ray One Man Band; a performer who is known for his versatility and controversial tunes.MarzvilleHe will without a doubt create the right mood for the rest of the night as the main performer hails from Barbados and with his latest singles; he will “mash up” the place. Known for his tunes, “Whinning Positions”, “Wine and Dip” and his recent tune that has been tearing up the airwaves, “Bang Bim”, Marzville will be in the house and will be the featured performer.The party will be held at Punter’s Place and is presented by Deejay Akelo and Father Moey. Also adding some vibes to the show will be the deejays from Stereo Sonic and Determine Sounds, alongside Akelo and others.Patrons can also expect drink specials all night long and several giveaways. Some lucky dancers who will be present can also prepare themselves for some surprises. Admission to the event is easy.last_img read more

The 5 R’s of motivation against cigarette smoking

first_imgLast week I wrote about the 5 R’s of motivation to deal with alcoholism, this week I’d like to apply them to cigarette smoking. It’s an interesting quirk of history that our part of the world, the West Indies, first became important for producing both rum and tobacco, which are both now conceded to present severe health challenges.As we try to motivate others to quit these two addictive products, we should be aware that the mega corporations that make billions in profits from their sales are spending commensurate sums to motivate the same people to INCREASE their usage.Especially with cigarettes, as the developed countries became aware of the severe negative effect of cigarette on the human system and their governments began to take countermeasures, such as warning labels, the producers shifted focus to developing countries such as the West Indies. We are at even greater risk than before.And just to recap the 5 R’s: in trying to motivate a patient to make a change in their behaviour, it’s important to explain to them how the change is relevant to them personally, to talk about the risks of their current behaviour, to educate the patient about the potential rewards of change, and to address possible roadblocks they might encounter while trying to change. And the final R is repetition- doctors should try to respectfully repeat the 5 R’s each visit to try to motivate their patients to make the changes to live a healthier life.In terms of relevancy to the person, there should be a discussion about how quitting smoking would directly impact their life – it could save them money, improve their quality of life, and decrease the chances of heart attack, cancer or stroke. Quitting smoking would also improve the quality of life of the persons they live with – secondhand smoke can be as dangerous as if you were smoking the cigarettes yourself.Each person is different, and there will be different issues that are relevant to them and it is important for their doctor to discuss those issues with them in a respectful, non-confrontational manner.In terms of risks, there are long-term and short-term risks of smoking. In the short-term, risks include a reduction in taste and smell, a continuous cough and a weakened immune system.In the long-term, heart disease, lung disease, lung cancer, throat cancer, stomach cancer, bladder cancer and a host of other cancers.The discussion of risks isn’t meant to be a scare-tactic, it’s supposed to be a frank discussion where the abuser is made aware of the risks and where their perception of those risks is explored.In terms of rewards, there are all of the health rewards – add on more than a couple of years to your lifespan, regain your sense of smell and taste. And of course, there’s all of that money that you can save. And for each patient, there are specific areas where their smoking is causing a problem, so there should be a discussion about how those problems might be ameliorated by cutting down the drinking.And of course, change is never easy – if it was, they probably wouldn’t have had to come up with 5 R’s to motivate people. But that brings us to the 4th R: roadblocks. There should be a discussion with the person about possible hurdles they’ll have to face on the road to change and the smoker and doctor should come up with strategies on how to handle those problems when they arise. They may suffer withdrawal symptoms, or they may live in an environment that encourages their smoking.The final R is repetition. As I mentioned before, doctors should try to respectfully repeat the 5 R’s each visit to try to motivate the smoker to quit. Concerned friends and family should also do the same.And doctors should also break the stereotypes of being high abusers of alcohol and cigarettes.last_img read more

New Year, New You?

first_imgAs we prepare to bid farewell to another year it is only natural to reflect upon the past twelve months and how they have, or have not, lived up to expectations. If you think back to this time last year when you thought about the year ahead, what were your plans? Your expectations? Your promises to yourself and others? How many of those have been realised? If you can honestly say that they have, then sadly you are in the minority.The majority will look back and barely remember the resolutions they decided upon. No doubt they were all made with the best of intentions but unfortunately New Year resolutions rarely last past January; if they ever get off the ground in the first place. Still, year after year people continue to make promises about changes knowing the improbability of ever seeing them through.New Year resolutions are part of a long standing tradition dating back 4000 years ago when assurances about better conduct were made to pagan gods by the Babylonians at the time of new crops. Over the centuries the dates on which these declarations were made may have changed from March to January and the promises have shifted from the external pagan promises to Roman worshipping of their two headed god Janus, who symbolised looking back at the old year and into the new, onto religious ceremonies and pledges to God, and currently to more internal resolutions many of us set out to follow for ourselves. However, the commonality remains that moving into a New Year promises of changes and improvements are made during celebrations for the coming months.These promises may be either a bit of fun, intentions for real life changing decisions, lame attempts at righting the detrimental ways we are living or quiet, personal determinations we keep to ourselves and slowly work on in private. The reasons may vary, but the sentiments behind them are all the same; to be better, to live healthier, to be happier and to live a more fulfilling life.It may be that you have long decided the futility of making New Year resolutions. If so, at least reconsider your reasons. There is nothing wrong with setting goals; in fact they are a healthy practice on the road to achievement. Goals in the quest for improvement are superlative to both short and long-term planning.The best time to break old habits is at times associated with newness and a new year is certainly that. That fresh start somehow seems easier to embark upon as the dates change and a new routine may be devised to incorporate the reformed practices that have been set out. The key is to be realistic.Whatever your reason or plans, a suggestion for you all; how about this year without dismissing your need for positive change, you allow the main focus to shift to what went right last year? What were your successes? What did you do that produced good outcomes or resulted in good things for those around you? If you can determine what you did that was good, what contributed to your success and how you maintained the positive things in your life, you can make sure you keep doing those things during the year to come.However you intend to celebrate this year, however you intend to move into the new one, take time to consider a few things. Before you highlight all of your faults and claim to be able to fix them all in the coming months, maybe it would be more productive to be honest and recognise your capabilities and willpower and decide on achievable changes that will be beneficial to your physical and mental health. Remember to take account of the good that has passed this year and carry that forward with you into the next. If you are determined to make drastic changes; the best of luck to you. Stay focused and remember why you want to change when the going gets tough. We are usually more capable than we give ourselves credit for.If 2016 was a good year for you, may it continue. If it was a really challenging year then acknowledge the fact that you survived it and you now have the opportunity to start a new one. Putting aside those few things that remain out of our control, this next year will rely heavily on what you make of it. Go into 2017 with a positive, energised attitude that will carry you through.last_img read more